President Mobutu of Zaire arrived in London on Tuesday (11th December) for a four-day state visit.
GV ZOOM from train arriving at Victoria Station to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on platform ZOOM BACK TO train
SV Zairiane singing.
TV President and Mrs. Mobutu out of train greeted by Queen Elizabeth, the Duek of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret
SV Zairians clapping
SV President Mobutu and Queen walk to meet Cabinet members including Mr. Heath and Lord Mayor of London
LV Zairians cheering
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Queen and President Mobutu leaving platform
SV Guard of Honour ordering arms
GV President Mobutu with Duke of Edinburgh reviews Guard of Honour as band plays (2 shots)
SV President Mobutu and Queen leave in horse drawn coach (open) followed by Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Madam Mobutu
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Background: President Mobutu of Zaire arrived in London on Tuesday (11th December) for a four-day state visit.
President Mobutu was greeted by the Duke and Duchess of Kent when his plane touched down at Gatwick Airport near London. Later, the Queen and other members of the British Royal Family met him at Victoria Station.
A 21-gun salute rang out across the Station as the President stepped off his train. This was followed by a State Drive through the city to Buckingham Palace.
President Mobutu's visit follows a similar one by General Gowon, the Nigerian leader. It is regarded by observers as an indication that Britain sees Zaire and Nigeria emerging as the two most powerful countries in Africa.
President Mobutu is believed anxious to develop stronger ties with big industrial nations. He is expected to press for more British investment in his country's industry.